2017 National Memorial Day Concert
Sun. May 28 at 8pm and again at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Celebrate Memorial Day LIVE from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol with the National Memorial Day Concert!
Sunday, May 28, 2017, marks the 28th annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, bringing us together as one family of Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have given their lives for our country.
The concert features acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna, Laurence Fishburne and Gary Sinise and an all-star lineup of actors and musicians, along with top pops conductor Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra.
Show segments include a tribute to the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, who flew the daring bombing mission over Japan after Pearl Harbor; the story of the sacrifices made by Captain Luis Avila and his wife, Claudia, as they courageously face life-changing injuries incurred from an IED bomb blast; and the healing journey of a Gold Star family from the Vietnam era who reach out to support grieving families from recent conflicts. This tribute to our military airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, a broadcast audience of millions and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network.
The concert will also be live-streamed on Facebook Live and pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert and available as Video on Demand for a limited time, May 28 to June 10, 2017.
Following the show at 9:30pm, take an introductory look at The Vietnam War from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick!